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Career Services and Alumni Relations provides resources and services to further the professional development of students and alumni and help them build successful careers in public policy and international affairs. Its mission is to complement graduate coursework by teaching critical career skills, facilitating experiential learning and offering employment services. In addition, Career Services and Alumni Relations provides programs, workshops and events to help students and alumni develop and sustain meaningful professional networks.


Amy Fischer ’15

Policy Director, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)

Career Services is an integral piece of the learning experience at the School of Public Policy. As a student, I received individualized and professional support that equipped me with the tools and confidence to successfully land a position in my policy field. Now that I am in that field, I stay connected to the School by supporting current students in their internships and job searches.

Career Development Career Counseling Appointments and Walk-In Advising

Individual career counseling appointments help current students and alumni with a range of needs from clarifying career goals to implementing a sound internship strategy to practicing interview skills. Semester walk-in advising hours are a quick way for students to receive valuable feedback on resumes and cover letters.

Maryland Mentor Program

This program matches policy professionals and alumni with students who share similar interests. Mentors provide sound counsel and advice that add immeasurably to students’ opportunities for finding employment and making career connections. Maryland mentors include local, state and federal government officials, directors of nonprofit organizations and private sector representatives.

Experts-in-Residence Program

The Experts-in-Residence Program capitalizes on the School of Public Policy’s proximity to the nation’s capital by sponsoring weekly visits from experts in various policy fields. Current students access the experts for one-on-one assistance with career information, resume suggestions and networking leads.

International Student Council

This student organization guides services for the unique needs of international students. With the support of Career Services and Alumni Relations, the council enables international students to be more competitive in today’s job market through enhanced collaboration and communication skills.

Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) recognizes and promotes excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration. PAA members are recognized at spring commencement and are invited to participate in chapter leadership and networking activities.

Career Programs Professional Development Series

The Professional Development Series helps students gain a competitive edge when searching for internships and jobs. Workshop topics include resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, job searching and networking. Additional programs address leveraging social media in the job search, demystifying the security clearance process and using StrengthsFinder and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in the internship and job search.

Career Treks

The School of Public Policy Career Services Career Treks Program brings graduate students to various organizations in order to expose participants to employment opportunities, as well as connect employers to highly skilled, motivated professionals living in the DC area. Site visits generally last 2-3 hours for 8-10 students and include presentations on the organization’s role in public policy, meet-and-greets with those working in the policy field, and a tour of the office or worksite.

Employer Information Sessions

Employers from across all sectors regularly visit the School of Public Policy to engage and recruit students. These sessions expose students to the many career fields and employment opportunities available to them.

Public Policy Career Panels

Policy professionals and alumni visit campus each semester to share helpful information and provide insight into critical public policy issues and trends. Panelists also provide guidance on preparing for internship and job searches in today’s markets and taking advantage of important academic and experiential learning opportunities.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program attracts public service-minded students to the federal government. Through an extremely competitive process, PMF finalists receive an initial two-year appointment and eligibility for conversion to a permanent government position and further promotional opportunities. Career Services and Alumni Relations helps students in the PMF selection process by providing information sessions, and access to our extensive PMF alumni network.

Job and Internship Resources UMD Policy Jobs

SPP students and alumni enjoy exclusive access to hundreds of policy-relevant internships, jobs and employer contacts through The site is updated regularly and provides a starting point for an internship or job search process.

SPP Internship Program

The SPP Internship Program provides current students financial support for unpaid internships in nonprofit, community and governmental organizations. Students spend up to one semester working part-time, or one summer working full-time, on projects that allow them to apply policy-relevant classroom skills to work situations. The SPP Internship Program is competitive and offered year-round.

Career Connections Newsletter

Career Services communicates weekly with students through the newsletter Career Connections. It offers weekly tips for professional development, lists upcoming career events on campus and in Washington, D.C. and includes information regarding online job and internship boards. Career Connections also highlights opportunities with short deadlines or ones specifically marketed to SPP students through our extensive alumni network.

Career Networking Nights

Career Networking Nights offer students the opportunity to network in Washington, D.C. with alumni and employers from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. These exciting professional events promote the sharing of internship and full-time leads and allow current students to receive expert assistance from like-minded policy professionals.

Many students take advantage of the School’s proximity to the nation’s capital to experience multiple internships before graduation. Furthering those possibilities, the School provides financial support to many students pursuing unpaid nonprofit or public sector internships.

Terrapins Connect

Terrapins Connect is an online platform that connects members of the University of Maryland community. Users have the opportunity to interact with alumni to establish long- and shortterm mentoring relationships. Students can request resume reviews, informational interviews and job shadowing. Terrapins Connect can be accessed through

2017 Employers Abt Associates American Conservative American University Bend the Arc Jewish Action Bloomberg Government Booz Allen Hamilton Coalition for Government Procurement Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China CSR, Inc. Deloitte Federal Consulting George Washington University IMPAQ International International Development Corporation, LLC Jensen Hughes

U.S. General Services Administration U.S. Government Accountability Office U.S. Internal Revenue Service U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration U.S. Peace Corps United States Air Force Universal Service Administrative Co. University of Maryland Wildlife Trust of India World Bank World Resources Institute

Internship Employers Bloomberg Government

Lumina Foundation

Center for Clean Air Policy

Maryland - National Capital Parks and Planning Commission

Chemonics City of Berwyn Heights (MD)

Maryland Department of Budget and Management

City of Bowie (MD)

Meridian International Center Montgomery County (MD) Government

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools

Consumer Health First

National Academies

Council on Foreign Relations

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

External Relations

Peace Direct

German Marshall Fund

Renewable Natural Resources Foundation

Global Kids, Inc.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Health Leadership Council

Social and Scientific Systems

Healthcare Initiative Foundation

U.S. Agency for International Development

Humane Society of the United States

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hyattsville (MD) Police Department

U.S. Department of Commerce

Kaiser Permanente

U.S. Department of Defense

Maryland Attorney General’s Office

U.S. Department of Education

Maryland Department of the Environment

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Maryland State Senator Roger Manno (MD-19)

U.S. Department of Homeland and Security

Montgomery County (MD) Council

U.S. Department of State

National Center for Healthy Housing

City of Rockville (MD)

2017 Graduates by Employment Sector Federal Government (39%) State/Local Government (6%) Private Sector (23%) Nonprofit Sector (16%) Further Education (3%) International Organizations/Nations (4%) Academia (9%)

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) NATOSource Blog New America Prince George’s County Executive’s Office Reinvestment Fund Smithsonian Institution Conservation and Research Center Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

UMD SAFE Center U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Department of State U.S. Department of Treasury U.S. International Trade Commission U.S. Office of Management and Budget U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (PA) U.S. Senator Robert Casey (MD-5) Vital Voices Global Partnership

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FY18 career services brochure  
FY18 career services brochure